Despite being the 5th largest country in population, Pakistan is far behind in many Asian and other countries in the ranking of internet users.
Special Report by Javed Mahmood/Corporate Ambassador, Islamabad _ Global internet population has manifested manifold growth during the past 15 years, from 2000-2015. By Nov 15, 2015, the number of internet users in the world had surged to 3.345 billion plus, from just 360 million in the year 2000. From 2000-2015 (till Nov), the internet population showed a marvelous growth of 827 percent growth.
Asia continued to lead the world in the ambit of the internet users with 1.611 billion plus users in 2015, up from 114 million in the year 2000. Asian region reflect 1309 percent growth in the internet population during this period. Enrique de Argaez, CEO, Miniwatts Marketing Group, shared the latest data of the World Internet Stats about global internet population with Corporate Ambassador today (Nov 30, 2015).
As present, total internet population in the world is 3,345,832,772 (3.345 billion+) _ 327.145 million internet users belong to Africa; 1.611 billion+ belong to Asia; 604.147 million are in Europe; 123.172 million are in Middle East; 313.867 million are in North America; 77.076 million are using internet in Central America; 17.655 million are in the Caribbean; 244.519 million are in South Smerica, 27.20 million in OCEANIA/Australia, etc.
About 47.8 percent internet users are in the Asia countries and 52.2 percent belong to rest of the world. Internet users’ estimate is based on data available till June 30, 2015. Europe’s share in the global internet population on Nov 15, 2015, is 18.1 percent, Latin America/Caribbean 10.1 percent, Africa 9.8 percent, North America 9.4 percent, Middle East 3.7 percent and 0.8 percent share of Oceania/Australia.
Among the Asian countries, China holds 43.1 percent share in the internet population, to be the number-one country, followed by India because of their advantage of big population (China 1.27 billion people, India 1.25 billion people); 22.6 percent users, Japan 7.4 percent, Indonesia 4.7 percent, Philippines 3 percent, Bangladesh and South Korea 2.9 percent each, Pakistan 1.9 percent, etc.
Despite being the 5th largest country in population in the world, Pakistan seems far behind than many Asia countries as far as the users of internet and Facebook is concerned. Pakistan’s share in the internet users in the world is just 1.9 percent as 29.128 million people are using internet out of a population of over 200 million by June 2015.
Actual internet users are more
Brief interviews with friends and colleagues shows that the actual number of users of the internet in Pakistan and other countries is much more than the data of the World Internet Stats. The WIS considers one connection as one user whereas, a whole family, comprising from 3 to 10 persons, are using one internet with Wi-Fi facility, Shahnaz Chaudhry told Corporate Ambassador.
We are five family members and all are using one internet connection, but as per international standard only our internet connection will be calculated in the number of users and not the whole family,” she said.
Same is the case of offices, where several persons working in the same office are using one internet connection irrespective of the fact that they use internet at home or not or they have their own internet connection or not.
Facebook Users in World (Dec 2012)
The number of Facebook users in Pakistan are also on low-side _ only 7.984 million Pakistanis are using Facebook against 62.713 million in India, 51.096 million in Indonesia, 29.89 million in Philippines, 13.24 million in Taiwan, 17.721 million in Thailand, 13.589 million in Malaysia, 10.012 million in South Korea and 10.669 million in Vietnam.
Note: The story will be updated further after availability of official data of internet users in Pakistan from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).